Cain’s Book has ratings and 33 reviews. MJ said: Trocchi’s final and most fêted work (apart from the odds-and-ends poetry shambles, Man at Leisure, a. So begins Cain’s Book, Alexander Trocchi’s incredible novel of existential dread. Young Adam, its predecessor, is better known, but the latter is. Written in America while Trocchi was working on a scow on the Hudson River, Cain’s Book is an extraordinary autobiographical account about a junky’s life, and .

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So I stumbled across references to this book in two other books I just finished which reminded me to add to my shelf.

The writer was Alexander Trocchi. She would have betrayed him for a dry martini. For those who want to live through other people’s lives. Feb 03, Donna rated it it was amazing.

People say that heroin is one hell of a drug, and it must be if it enabled Trocchi to endure the tedium of typing up such bilge.

I have no trpcchi of reading this book in the past, but it seems that I had read it some years ago. It’s excellent, because the character of Alexander Trocchi is on every page, and he himself is a fascinating figure.


Jan 20, Jonathan rated it really liked it. Then he felt the wetness on the back of his hand. I loved the first half but didn’t feel like the second half really added much to the book. He casts himself as beyond society, above laws and morals and wars and guilt.

The junky genius of Alexander Trocchi

Here there was the energy of a piece of pocket lint. He wanted to write and in view of this, in his opinion, Scotland was a loser. Although he was never published in MerlinAmerican writer Terry Southern who lived in Paris from became a close friend of both Trocchi and his colleague Richard Seaver, a Alexander Trocchi was a Scottish novelist. May 14, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing. When I write I have trouble with my tenses.

Everyone gets something out of it except the junkie. This is Trocchi’s first novel. Jan 31, Jaimee Hart rated it really liked it.

Cain’s Book by Alexander Trocchi

The war had finished that one off—in spades. This article about trcochi s novel is a stub. His job is to maintain the scow without toiling to tow it, unload it, or anything of that sort. Internally, there are no markings or inscriptions, and the pages within are pristine, crisp and complete.

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Claire was my sister-in-law. In April the UK edition went to trial for obscenitywith six defense witnesses, including author Kenneth Allsoptestifying to its literary value. It is a book almost entirely devoid of plot: Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside.


He did cai for her and his reward was to receive the impression he did not exist. I felt like it could have been so much better than it was.

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Order by newest oldest recommendations. An interesting read and I enjoy reading period pieces that take place in NYC. cqin

Cain’s Book

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Today at this time it is still afternoon, and the sun, striking the cinderblocks of the main building of the works has turned them pink. He attended the university, married young and had two children. There is no plot trocci this novel, but more of a series of commentary on life as it is lived.

I would say it was just alright.